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Program Summary

[Version 1.0 Released 10/27/2002]

SFEBanner is a simple banner rotation program. Actually, it can be used for random quotes, ad banners, pictures of your pets, or really anything that you can show via HTML. Through the interface, you may add and delete banners (quotes/pictures/whatever) to the system. Then, by placing a line of HTML code on your web page, you can have the system cycle through each item, displaying a different one each time the person loads the page.

The program does not maintain ANY sort of statistics on how many times a banner is shown or clicked on. Some people may find this useful for displaying various affiliate program banners one after another (since you can copy and paste the HTML code given by the affiliate program directly into the add banner screen), displaying a "Quote of the Moment," or really for any set of text or HTML you'd like to cycle through.



Working Demo

There is a working version of both the administrative and banner rotation interface online for you to look at.

Use the password password to log into the admin part.


Who's Using SFEBanner?

 If you've gotten SFEBanner to work, send me the address of your website and I'll post a link to it.

At this time, I only know of two sites using it. If you are, let me know and get free traffic to your site from your link here! :-) (Um ... within reason. Please: family-friendly sites only. Thanks!)

Thinkzo Systems LockNet Cartoons page. This is a pretty cool use of the script. Funny stuff, too! is using it on a few pages. Check "Our Sponsors" for example.


System Requirements

The web server where this script will be installed must have Perl 5.000 or higher. Scripts that send email require that "Sendmail" or "qmail-inject" be available on Unix/Linux-type systems. Scripts that send email under Windows-based systems require use of the Socket Perl module ( All scripts may require the Perl CGI module, .

This script is NOT supported on the following web hosting providers:

Also, sorry, but the scripts are not supported under mod_perl, PerlEx, or speedy_cgi as I don't have any way to test them in that environment. :-(

You must be able to execute cgi programs on your web server. If you're not sure whether you have permission to do this, or are not sure how to configure the files, please ask your system administrator, or check the web pages of your web hosting provider for Help or Support information. For a free web hosting provider who supports CGI scripts, or low-cost web hosting providers, you can try looking at the "Some Places to Host your Website" page I've put together.

The web server must support both the GET and POST request methods. (Ask your hosting provider about this if you're not sure.)

Please remember: you get what you pay for, and free web hosting services are often worth what you pay for them.



But first, the obligatory plea for funding. :-)
(Scroll down if you don't want to read this part. You do NOT have to give money to download these scripts!)

Like the scripts? Give me a dollar, or say thanks! 

If you like the scripts, you can send me cash through PayPal, Amazon, or through snail mail or you can show your support in other ways. Remember: only about one out of 100 people who download the scripts even says "Thanks." :-)

All the files you need are contained in these packages. Download it in the format you wish.

Gzipped Tar format: sfebanner.tar.gz
Zip format:

On a Unix-type system, if you have console or command prompt access, you may unzip the tar.gz file by typing 'gunzip < sfebanner.tar.gz | tar -xvf -'. If you're not very familiar with Unix, you may want to ask someone who is to help you. The latest version of Stuffit for the Mac will also handle tar.gz files.

If you have MS Windows, there is a program called WinZip (available at TuCows) which will uncompress and de-archive tar/gz files as well as Zip files.

The package contains the following files:

The actual program that lets you add/delete banners/images/whatever and displays them on a page.
This is a plain text file that will contain the HTML code for your banners, quotes, etc. This should probably be empty when you start out, but if not, you can always delete my banners. :-)
This is just a plain text file that keeps track of which entry we showed last so that we can cycle through all the banners. It should just have the number "1" in there when you start out, but really, it can be blank as well.
contains information on how to get started using the program. READ this before trying to install this!


Bug Fix Announcements

I strongly recommend that you sign up here for update and bug fix announcements about this script. I will not spam you with advertising: I just want to make sure you have the latest fixes. :-)

The program will send a confirmation message to your email address when you sign up. In order to get on the announcement list, you MUST click on the confirmation link contained in that email message. This is to protect you from someone signing you up as a joke, and to protect me from being accused of spamming. Since update announcements are sometimes few and far between, sometimes people forget that they've subscribed and report me for sending junk mail. Luckily, the system logs the address, time, and date of everyone who signs up so that I can prove I'm only sending to people who asked for it. :-)

After a major release, you may get one or two messages a week. Mostly, though, I'm afraid it's less than once a month. 

You may also sign up for announcements about other scripts on the main Scripts for Educators Mailing List page. 

This list is ONLY for announcements specifically about SFEBanner: